AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

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Posted: Dec 22, 2014 4:56 AM
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

The image of a woman escaping from a Sydney cafe where a gunman had taken 18 people hostage captured the terrifying drama that shook Australia last week. The siege ended 16 hours later when police stormed the cafe to free the captives, two of whom were killed along with the gunman, an Iranian-born, self-styled cleric with a lengthy criminal history.

Muslim young people in Indonesia were among many around the world who held vigils for 142 people — mostly children — who were massacred at a school in Pakistan's troubled northwest.

In the tense northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state, voters cast ballots last week in the final two stages of the five-part election for the state assembly. In some spots, separatists who oppose the election shouted anti-India slogans.

As temperatures fell in the mountainous region, snow fell and blocked roads.

To the south, India launched its biggest rocket and tested the re-entry of a unmanned crew module, part of its quest to send humans into space, adding two more successes to its space program.